O'Mara of Limerick
Formerly O'Meara of Toomyvara, Co.Tipperary
The O'Meara family (O'Meadhra in Irish)
Aghnameadle par, E of Nenagh
(on the Dublin road),
The village is named after them - Tuaim ui Mheadhra
(or Tuaim ui Mheara), "Tomb of the O'Mearas".
The O'Meara family
is found in the area
since at least the time of:
obtained a grant of lands around Ballymackey,
from the 2nd Earl of Ormonde in 1354.
Ballymackey is in
Ballymackey par, NW of Toomyvara
(between Toomyvara and Nenagh,
The ruin of the tiny Ballymackey Castle survives today
in the middle of a piggery.
From him probably descends
the whole O'Meara family of that area
(though of course there is no way
of proving it).
Grave of Margaret O'Mara (died 1863).
Close-up of Lynch / Spain / O'Mara grave
Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, Limerick.
and full size
and other shot
the evidence for the spelling "O'Meara" in this generation is weak,
was said to be born with that spelling and changed it to O'Mara,
but if so all his family changed too,
they are "O'Mara" in just about all records,
mar Margaret ----
[born 1779 or 1785],
one O'Mara family tree
says his wife was Margaret Casey
of "Cloheen Mills",
that is, Casey
is mother of
his wife's mother
see search for Casey marrying Foley or O'Mara
to have risen from "absolute poverty",
but this may be an exaggeration,
clearly his family were literate
, and many ended up doing decent jobs,
more likely is simply that James started out poor compared to
what he became later,
Margaret's burial record says she was living Roches St, Limerick, at death
(would be living with her son
she died 23 Sept 1863, age 78 yrs [grave] or age 84 [burial record],
bur 24 Sept [burial record] in
Lynch / O'Mara grave at
Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, Limerick,
father of Bridget Cusack,
"in memory of his mother",
she is spelt "Margaret O'Mara" on grave and in burial record,
born 1817, Co.Tipperary,
says Andrew O'Mara was native of Tipperary County,
adopted spelling "O'Mara",
went to London, Ontario, Canada.
- James O'Mara (formerly O'Meara),
born 1817, Toomyvara, Co.Tipperary,
adopted spelling "O'Mara",
founded the Limerick bacon factory,
think his death notice refers to business as "J.J. O'Mara and Sons", (todo) see original.
John O'Meara, or O'Mara,
went to Liverpool.
- Francis O'Meara, or O'Mara,
referred to as "Uncle Frank" by
Martin J. O'Mara.
- Michael O'Meara, or O'Mara.
- Patrick O'Meara, or O'Mara,
one version of O'Mara family tree.
- (dau) O'Meara, or O'Mara,
mar --- Kelly,
this could be "Mary Meara" who mar 1835 [Toomyvara RC par records] to "James Kelly"
from Garrane (prob. Garrane, Aghnameadle par, Co.Tipperary),
note it was previously thought that
had a sister Mary who married Lynch,
however it has been discovered that it was a sister of
rather than a sister of James,
so Mary could be the sister who mar Kelly,
the Kellys lived in
- (dau) Kelly,
mar --- Murray,
- (son) Murray,
when Fr. Paddy O'Mara
was in France in
he had a batman
who claimed to be his cousin
and who came from Liverpool.
- (other issue) Murray, lived Liverpool.
- ---- O'Meara, or O'Mara, had issue:
- Nora ----,
"Your old cousin Nora" writes to
Stephen O'Mara 1892
from Loreto Convent, Wexford
(she must be a nun),
she seems to refer to
James O'Mara (formerly O'Meara)
as her uncle.
Margaret O'Mara (died 1863) is spelt "O'Mara" on grave.
Detail of above.
See full size
Martin J. O'Mara (or O'Meara)
uses the old spelling "O'Meara"
in letter 1872.
Though in another letter he uses "O'Mara".
See full size.